Employees Are Athletes Too and Can Benefit From Athletic Trainers

In this podcast, Bryan Reich. M.Ed., A.T.-C, who directs WorkCare’s program for industrial athletes, discusses the benefits of having athletic trainers in the workplace and available for virtual consultations. Athletic Trainers help physically active employees prevent and manage musculoskeletal discomfort before it becomes a work-related injury. Their skill set includes pre- and post-injury functional activity coaching, flex and stretch recommendations, and ergonomic evaluations… to name a few.

Injury Care Gets a Reboot from New Technology

WorkCare’s Incident Intervention® program uses secure communications technology to connect employees with occupational nurses and physicians who provide appropriate care guidance at injury onset. During this podcast, Associate Medical Director Brittany Busse, M.D., explains how telehealth and telemedicine are changing the occupational health landscape by facilitating employee access to qualified clinicians regardless of their location. According to Dr. Busse, the sooner compassionate care is delivered, the sooner recovery and healing begins: “If our mind starts to suffer, our health starts to suffer. Telehealth adds in a more personal approach that helps prevent more physical and emotional pain.”

Why Workplace Injuries Cost Businesses More Than Money

Advances in bio-technology and the Internet of Things are dramatically changing the way occupational medicine practitioners and employers prevent and manage costly sprains and strains. In this podcast, Anthony Harris, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., WorkCare’s Vice President of Onsite Clinical Operations and Associate Medical Director, describes how wearable body sensors are used to perform workplace Bio-Ergonomic Surveillance based on clinical algorithms. Findings from these replicable assessments provide insights for the development of individual preventive interventions and enterprise-wide risk management solutions. Participating employees benefit from better health outcomes, while their employers reduce medical and indemnity costs, create healthier and safer workplaces, and improve employees’ quality of life.

The Best Place to Recover from a Workplace Injury is at Work

In this timely podcast WorkCare’s Executive Chairman and Chief Medical Officer Peter P. Greaney, M.D., explains why returning injured employees to work is critical to their recovery – both physically and mentally. He also describes how prompt reporting and immediate care guidance provided by a trusted clinician helps injured employees remain productive. This approach, which focuses on the value of work, has been shown to improve employee health outcomes while reducing associated medical, workers’ compensation and lost-time costs. To learn more, refer to Dr. Greaney’s podcast companion paper on Empowering Employees to Take Care of Themselves.